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This time of year is often taxing for many consumers. Scams aimed at stealing taxpayers’ money make the season more stressful.

The Treasury Inspector General for Taxpayer Administration (TIGTA) warns that crooks posing as Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials are contacting people claiming they owe taxes. The caller demands a prepaid debit card, wire transfer or a credit card number for payment. If the person doesn’t comply, the caller threatens to arrest or deport the target, or take away their driver’s license or business.

Thousands of victims have lost money to these tax scam artists. But there are ways to recognize them and foil their attempts to steal your money.

These scammers often:

  • call you. But when the IRS contacts people about unpaid taxes, they do it by postal mail, not by phone 
  • use common names and fake IRS badge numbers
  • know the last four digits of your Social Security number
  • demand payment via a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. The IRS doesn’t ask for either of these payment methods, nor will they ask for credit card numbers.
  • rig caller ID information to appear as if the IRS really is calling
  • send fake emails that look like legitimate IRS correspondence
  • make a second call claiming to be the police or department of motor vehicles, rigging the caller ID information  

To protect yourself from imposters who call, claiming to be from the IRS:

  • don’t provide any account or other personal information. Hang up the phone.
  • never wire money to a person or company you don’t know. Once you wire money, you can’t get it back.
  • if you owe - or think you owe - federal taxes, call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you with your payment questions. You also can visit the IRS website at irs.gov.
  • if you’ve already paid your taxes, call and report the incident to TIGTA at 800-366-4484.
  • forward emails from the IRS to phishing@irs.gov. Don’t open any attachments or click on any links in those emails. 
  • file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at ftc.gov/complaint. Include “IRS Telephone Scam" in your complaint.
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I also got call from 202-280-7395 and several from 202-241-0583. I hung up and reported them to IRS and FTC.

Received a call from 202-280-7395 and claimed an IRS agent. Beware of scam!

I received the same call today an Indian person claiming to be get this John Smith an IRS agent said out drivers license was already taken away and there is a warrant for our arrest. I told him to send everything to our post office box. He made a threat then hung up. 202 506 9084 I reverse directory and it is a magic jack number

Today, we got a 2nd call from 202 506 9084. A Daniel Brown from the IRS is "serious" and left a 2-3 minute semi-threatening message (the 1st time he called on Feb 6 & left a message, he didn't state his name, but was yelling and screaming about IRS and stuff). Scary scammer. Good thing we have the internet to look up info like this. BE AWARE and DO NOT GIVE ANY INFO to these crooks.

I've received two auto dialer calls today from 202 506 9840 telling me to call me this second. I just don't understand why this has been going on for so long and law enforcement can't work with magic jack to shut down. Must be scarring many people.

I also got a call from 202-241-2114. he had foreign accent with the name Austin White

i had the same thing. Indian accent with the name Brandon Brown.

What a coincidence I got two calls this morning (I've received them before as well) from an 800 service # claiming the same - 888-918-0509

This is a New territory of Scam that I have to Navigator with your help. Thank you for the information.

I have big problem with the Assessor of the Loundoun County Virginia that for 4 years they have do scam on us because deliberately they have triple our taxes property only for us , i have made too many complaints with the factual documents and the refused to give us the money back. i want to know you are going to help or what you write this to pretend that you care for us ?

I got a call from Shawn Taylor with 206-436-4821. He claim to be from IRS. He said that i failed to report the money I sent overseas in my tax form and sheriff is coming to arrest me immediately.
He had an Indian accent

This is not completely true; if taxes are owed, agents will make outcalls (the Internal Revenue Manual demands it) if correspondence with a phone number has been sent in.

I just called the actual IRS and the woman told me that the IRS DOES NOT call you. That they work through the mail.

thanks for the info. it is so basic that you would think no one would fall for it. but barnum said it best

i have been conned,wish i had not panicked well learnt a lesson,you are doing very good job please keep it up thanks.

I was called from 877-705-4245 from indian men with heavy accents using American names, claiming to be IRS agents in Washington DC, they threatened me with arrest, deportation, house seizure and more claiming that I had unpaid taxes. very rude people, tried to get me to pay thousands over the phone saying that if I could not pay the amount right away I would be arrested and go to court. Their "scripts" are very unpleasant and believable by the way. I went online and searched the phone number and saw that these people are a scam based in india and have done this to many other people as well. Beware, tell them that you know they are scammers and hang up.

Please remember that the IRS agents DO call cell phones using autodialers--the POTUS OK'd it. These crooks are doing what they've always done, but thanks to the White House, consumers cannot tell the real scammers from the phony scammers.

You could not make it up!

I don't think the real IRS asks you to get a pre-paid debit card and/or meet them at a Home Depot as people are reporting.

One of these days, they will meet up with someone sick of there BS and meet them with more than a debit card. We open carry in Texas and this is getting so bad that some people get so scared they have terrible anxiety attacks and I'm sure they have caused some to have some health problems. I hope they meet someone at Home Depot and they carry them to jail or hold them there.

This happened to me today Mr. Shane Watson said he was an IRS investigator and I had a warrant for my arrest due to violation on my 2014 taxes. That I owe The IRS and if I did not take care of this outstandind debt I will be arrested today. He had my address and said the sheriff was on the way to my home since I would not pay. Mr Watson telephone number is (646) 396-1404 he needs to be investigated were ever he is. Thank you.

this just happened to me today. same person and number. i'm making sure all my friends know.

hi queenbee57, this same shane watson or indian decent called me once last week leaving a message and then called this am. I normally dont answer 1-800 that dont have C ID attached but I made mistake and did today. In fact I called it back. same story as everyone else. He rattled off quickly the 3 charges I was in violation of and I asked him to wait as I wanted to write them down, He said I didnt need to. I said I did if I was going to be criminally prosecuted I wanted to know for what. So he slowly read out each charge from the IRS> then I said the IRS always mails notices. He even said an officer was at my door last week. That was a sure cle to me that this was all a scam besides the fact that I did not owe the IRS any money. Of course, if I wanted to settled today, my STATE ATTNY gen, Woule be so kind as to not have a warrant issued for my arrest. Strange I thought he IRS was federal. I said there were too many scams going around and how was I to know that he was who he was as the number I called did not say any place, He gave me his PRIVATE 1 800 number. He would get his supervisor., I asked how that wold prove anything, as his supoervisor would certainly say he was who he says he was, I am not that stupid. Well, did I want to pay or did I want to be arrested, etc. I told him I would contact the IRS> Of course if I hung up the deal was off the table for the lesser amount and It would cost me some $45,000 in court cost and etc to plead my case with the IRS. I know these folks dont have anything to do with their time, but I wish that we could all so something to negate their efforts.

This scam is new to me. I have to examine it and deal with it . Thank you for the information.

THAT IS A EXCELLENT ARTICLE I PRAY EVERYONE WILL TELL ALL THEIR FRIENDS AND LOVED ONE'S ABOUT THIS TYPE OF SCAM! GOD LESS EVERYONE!! f512trm5

Ok I have tried EVERYTHING TO TRY AND REPORT the IRS phone scam and can't for the life of me do it. The TIGTA phone # provided the mailbox is full. So this makes me feel violated all over again. I feel this is a serious matter and not one of the federal agency seems to take it seriously.

how do iget all the junk emails from my mail box ? since i got thes puter my mail box has beenfull and i mean full of unwanted emails for jobs. Im 78 going on 79 in a few months and Lord knows i couldn't work if i wanted to. could you help me get rid of all those unwanted emails ? thank you for your time

I been getting phone calls from this Washington DC number. 202-864-1140

That I owe The IRS and if I did not take care of this outstandind debt I will be arrested today. He had my address and said the sheriff was on the way to my home since I would not pay

I received a phone call from the number (202) 470-4026 from someone about IRS tax claimed. Today I called that number, and on phone someone blamed me as a tax fraud committer and demanding me $1800 right away. When I denied him, he told me he will mail me the documents including the justification of claim

I have also received multiple calls from 202-470-4026 and have reported the number. Please don't answer, call back, or send any information.

I received a voice mail at 3:24 p.m. from 202-600-4535 from "Raymond Hoffmann, Tax Audit Dept., IRS, saying, "a legal petition notice of tax fraud against your name has been issued;" and unless I phoned 888-508-0325, "the Sheriff County Dept. of (my state) will approach you and issue a warrant for your arrest." The man appeared to have an East Indian accent and knew my legal first and last name as well as my city and state. I know it's a scam but I'm bothered he knows as much information as he does.

Received a call from the same scam artist. The numbers that showed up on my caller ID was 888-508-0325. If you call the number, he will pick up and say "IRS." I recommend that everyone call him and give him a piece of his/her mind.

I also received a call mail this morning 5/13/2014 from 888-508-0038 from Tax Audit Dept., IRS, saying, "a legal petition notice of tax fraud against your name has been issued;"." The man has Indian accent, I could barely understand him. He asked if I have an attorney, I said no and he said something else then hung up.

receiving repeated phone calls from 202-241-0333, threatening action, saying call from IRS. No tax owed. Am aware this is a scam.

Got the cal from IRS Telephone Scam
number 202-280-7316 , be aware of these scams

I did received phone call twice on 04/04/14 9:13 am and also on 04/08/14. lady she acknowledged her self as she is IRS employee. Stating she calling from IRS Tax audit department.
Very first call I have received on October,2013 and that was stopped after 2 weeks when I have mention that your call is screening and FBI tracing your call.
After month break they change number and calling back again. Not so long as a mentioned your call is traced and will catch you after couple of hours.

after month break they calling back in January. I call IRS and reported about scam. No wonder my information leak again after that call and person call from cellular phone (917#). I asked him why you are using private phone and not calling IRS phone. He have lot of excuse.

My point to this scam I believe it is not possible without employee of agency. May be one or more unloyal employees involved in this scam. How come information leak? does IRS or other government agency really watch activity of their employee? doubtful.

Please be careful when you calling IRS and provide your information over the phone. You may be get one of not loyal employee of agency.

THe IRS is warning about this scam. The callers who commit this fraud often:

  • Use common names and fake IRS badge numbers.
  • Know the last four digits of the victim’s Social Security number.
  • Make caller ID appear as if the IRS is calling.
  • Send bogus IRS emails to support their scam.
  • Call a second time claiming to be the police or DMV, and caller ID again supports their claim.

The truth is the IRS usually first contacts people by mail – not by phone – about unpaid taxes.

That fony IRS called me, They had me scared.They dident get anything out of me but anger. I called the sherift department an they told me it was a scam. I have there phone number for everyone to know He tryed telling me his name is John Wilson my caller ID Ph.no. 202-751-2562,,I reversed the Phone number and came up with Glendale Heights near Bell. I think the UK ? Beware all/dont fall for it.

IRS Telephone Scam

Mr. Dave Jackson (with a thick Indian accent) called from the Internal Revenue Department. I then said oh the IRS. Yes, yes the Internal Revenue Service, he replied. He was calling for my husband who wasn't home at the time. I took his name and and phone number (415-251-4089) and ID# 61286680. I thought it was a scam immediately.

My husband called about an hour later. He was told that he owed $4987.00,
and that it had to be paid in 30 minutes or they were going to send the police to collect the money. My husband told the fake IRS guy that he wanted to pay the money and asked how to go about doing so. They gave him another phone # (415-251-5897) and a new name to talk to (Michelle Brown to collect payment.

He did not call that number. About 20 minutes later fake IRS called back. I answered and told them that we had called the IRS, and had given them their phone number. I told them that they would be getting a call from the IRS, and to have a nice day. Then I hung up. We have not received any more calls.

Got a call today from the same people. West Indian accent. He called from the same number 415 251 4089. Told me to call 415 251 4089 and ask for Kenneth Webster his manager. When I called Kenneth Webster sounded like the same guy who called. They knew my name and called me on my cell phone. After Kenneth Webster said hello we were disconnected. I called back and kept getting disconnected. One time I got through and an operator identifying IRS investigation s department. I asked for Kenneth Webster and she routed me. She also had a west Indian accent. Then I was disconnected. Beware this is a hoax.

IRS Telephone Scam
Phone number they called from is 1 877-413-7153 claming they are IRS and I just told them file the law suit and what will be will be man said good luck and it is a 10 year sentence I laughed a bit and then hung up

I got the exact same call as everyone else who has replied. I hope they catch these guys. the number i have that called is 415-251-8500
and its a man with a thick indian accent - named Alex. Please beware!

The number that called and threatened me that I would be going to jail on Monday 4/14/14 is nearly the same as yours 415-251-8080. Talked to three different people. The woman's accent was the strongest. Names were James Anderson and Mike Carter. Couldn't understand the woman's name. The number showed up on the internet as being from a land line in Ignacio, California. All this nearly made me have a stroke. My wife kept saying that something was not right because we filed jointly and they didn't want to talk to her.

IRS Telephone Scam. 2 messages from 585-633-1814. Person had heavy foreign accent. Internet forums discuss scam calls from that phone#.

I have received 3 calls in the last two days and a recording says it is Officer Jason Miller (very heavy accent)from the IRS and I need to call them back immediately at 585-568-6671 or have my attorney call. If I don't call, they wish me luck!

I just got the same call but the name was David Coup but the same message and number.

LOL!!! Yes, I did forget to mention that my callers wished me "Good LUCK"with their thick Indian accent.....they need to get real jobs. I think they should try to sell cars! DON'T fall for any of this and honestly if we don't get hoaxed, then it's just an annoyance!

Have also received calls from 361-370-2000 and 517-827-4852.

Just got a call from Indian sounding man name of Eric Stark; told me I would be arrested within one hour for hiding income and would be incarcerated for at least 72 hours before I would go in front of a Judge. The man got my blood pressure up, totally offensive!

I was contacted on 4/10/2014 by DAVID COOPER, phone number 202-864-1139 claiming to be from the IRS. He informed me that a law suit had been filed against me by the IRS for incorrect tax returns filed starting with 2008 and that I owed the IRS $3000.00 and needed to contact my attorney, which I did. On my attorneys advice I filed complaints. Being unable to get through on the phone I am leaving this comment.

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